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Lisa is an East Boston resident who works in the area of media and public relations. She is President of Italia Unita Inc. of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage. Lisa worked and volunteered in the areas of public relations, community development, film, politics, and radio. Through Italia Unita, Lisa initiated the grass roots effort to have Comcast Cable add RAI television, which is now available as a premium channel. Lisa is the president of Boston Concepts, a full service marketing and public relations agency.

DJ…Doctor… Professor of everything Italian!

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“Dr. Rocco Mesiti is a wonderful example of an Italian American who has a strong commitment to sharing Italian heritage and culture.” As a written by “The Republican Newsroom” for his award recognition. Rocco a recipient of the The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass, 2013 Serviam Award. However it is his role as Host of Dolce Vita Radio in Springfield, Massachusetts that has garnered him an invitation to the annual San Gennaro Feast in New York City. For the third year in a row Dolce Vita Radio has broadcasted live from New York’s Little Italy. Several guests participated in ...

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85th St. Rocco’s Feast a Huge Success

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The St. Rocco’s Feast committee members should pat themselves on the back for putting on one of the best feasts in the history of St. Rocco. A few of Malden’s finest talents, such as Paul Gilligan, Dave Russo, Charlie Farren and Joey Voices drew crowds of thousands to Pearl and Thacher Streets. The aroma of sausage sandwiches, meatballs, freshly shucked oysters, fried dough, espresso coffee and cannoli were only a few from the vast choices of food on display all weekend. The St. Rocco procession weaved through the streets of Malden stopping often for devotees to pin money onto the ...

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Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass. will give Serviam Award to Joseph Garde, Rocco Mesiti and Angelo Puppolo

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This story was printed by the Republican Newsroom The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass. will present its 2013 Serviam Award to Deacon Joseph Garde, Rocco Mesiti and state Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr. at an awards celebration brunch at St. Anne Country Club, 781 Shoemaker Lane, Feeding Hills on Jan. 5, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. The Serviam Award is given to individuals with Italian ethnic heritage who have devoted their lives to the betterment of society through community service and who have enhanced the Italian-American communities throughout Western Massachusetts by exemplary works. Garde is an Italian American who has dedicated ...

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Notte della Taranta Brings Italian Folk to Boston Common

Mauro Pagani and La Notte della Taranta (photo courtesy of Ann Antonellis)

Music is the universal language, as was proven on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the first annual “Outside the Box” festival in Boston. The festival was a collaboration of arts and music, with artists from all over the world converging on Boston Common for one solid week of culturally diverse experiences. Italy was represented with Mauro Pagani and La Notte Della Taranta — a group that brings to life the ancient sounds of Southern Italian folk music. “For the last few years this music has seen a spurt of growth,” says Sandro Cappelletto, President of the Scientific Committee of La ...

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L’Aquila 3D, Inside the closed city Presentation

Filippo Frattaroli (right) presents British architect, Barnaby Gunning with an original Boston Garden seat at the conclusion of L'Aquila 3D, Inside the closed city. © Felix Cutillo

After nearly four years of painstaking work, British architect, Barnaby Gunning, assisted by a team of volunteer photographers, 3D modelers and Google engineers, brought the story of the closed city of L’Aquila to Boston, via MIT and FILIPPO Ristorante. L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region was damaged by a major 6.3 earthquake that struck at 3:32 a.m. on April 6, 2009 leaving thousands injured, 308 dead and their loving families broken. Images of hundreds of coffins, many of aspiring students and children, is an image that will stay in the collective memory of the compassionate forever. Most of the ...

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Viva San Giuseppe

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We just wrapped up St. Patrick’s Day, though it is argued that St. Patrick was Italian. It doesn’t matter to me, my Italian mother made a fabulous Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner and I enjoyed it very much! However, the holiday that is literally days away from St. Patrick’s Day is St. Joseph or San Giuseppe. St. Joseph is all about zeppole! Read on Everyone Wants To Be Italian

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Umbrian Easter

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Chef Lorena Autuori from Italian Cooking School “Percorsi con Gusto” is back in Boston! When: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 1PM Where: Filippo’s Ristorante, 283 Causeway Street, Boston’s North End Following the successful events of last Christmas – including cooking lessons and a typical Umbrian dinner at Olive’s with Todd English – and after many request from the Boston community, Lorena is finally back in the city to share her magic in the kitchen. As Boston is home to many authentic Italian Chefs, it is only fitting that Chef Fillippo Frattaroli, owner of Filippo’s Ristorante in Boston’s North End, welcomes ...

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Who’s the Winemaker

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I recently went to a show at Johnny D’s in Somerville, Massachusetts. Taken from the website “On any given night you may see Cajun fiddle masters from Louisiana, British folk stars, or some of Boston’s finest rockers.” I knew enough about Johnny D’s to know that it’s a hip indie music spot…but never did I imagine seeing the group CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO there. I was pleasantly surprised! Read on… Everyone Wants To Be Italian

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Not Your Average Pig Roast

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It’s cold, snowy, yes it’s winter. The holidays have passed and we look forward to events that occur in the winter…Valentine’s Day, Mardi gras, Groundhog Day (just kidding) and what we call in my family “Il Porco”. Every year my father takes the trip to the farm and chooses his pig. His purchased pig is prepared by cutting it up in four parts. That’s the easy part. The hard part begins at home. You might be thinking of piglet that is served over hot coals seen at pig roasts with an apple in its mouth. Thinking maybe pork chops or ...

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Italia Unita La Befana Party

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Italia Unita held their annual La Befana Meet the Members party at Jeveli’s in East Boston on Monday, January 7. Members were treated to a complimentary buffet, a visit from La Befana, and mini panettones. For more information about Italia Unita please visit www.italiaunita.org. Photos by Rosario Scabin – Ross Photography

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The Seven Fishes

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Christmas has come and gone for 2012. The world did not end as predicted. And the launch of a new Italian American magazine was released in Boston called Bostoniano. The creator, my friend Nicola Orichuia and I were discussing Christmas and the traditions in Italian homes. Nicola being a native of Rome never heard about the “Seven Fishes” on Christmas Eve until he moved to the States. Read more at Everyone Wants to Be Italian

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Tribute to Domenico Conte

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The following is a tribute to Mr. Domenico Conte, written by his son Frank Conte, editor of EastBoston.com. We posted these words because it not only eulogized a great man, it epitomizes the Italian immigrant who came to American in search of a better life and was proud to call America his home. Eulogy for My Father, Domenico Conte December 3, 2012 Sacred Heart Church East Boston, MA Many years ago, upon my first trip to Italia, my grandfather Francesco, a simple and wonderful man for whom I was named, recalled for me the story of how eager my father ...

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